Iconic F1 Liveries Reimagined on Modern Road Cars

December 17, 2020

  • Classic F1 Liveries Reimagined On Modern Road Cars

Sometimes racing liveries can even transcend the cars they adorn, which is why car leasing comparison site LeaseFetcher has come up with the idea to render a range of iconic F1 liveries onto their road-going counterparts.

Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312T Livery (1975) on Ferrari 488 Pista (2020)

Niki Lauda Ferrari SF 90 Livery on a modern road car

Known as the car that returned scuderia to the top in the 70’s, the Ferrari 312T was also one of the most aesthetically pleasing liveries ever seen in the sport. 45 years on from Niki Lauda’s success in the 312T, LeaseFetcher has delicately integrated this iconic F1 livery onto the new Ferrari 488 Pista, and we can all agree that it has certainly stood the test of time.

Score: 9/10

Ayrton Senna’s McLaren Honda MP4/4 Livery (1988) on Honda NSX (2020)

Ayrton Senna's McLaren Honda MP4/4 Livery (1988) on Honda NSX (2020)

As far as greatest racing drivers goes, there’s no question that Ayrton Senna across all racing disciplines. Although Ayrton could’ve driven most cars in the field to pole position based on his pure talent alone, it has to be said that his McLaren MP4/4 was absolutely dominant in terms of performance in the 1988 session. Not only was this car miles ahead of the competition, but it probably goes down as one of the most recognisable racing car liveries of all time. Although you would be right in saying that McLaren won the championship in 1988, the engine was actually provided by japanese manufacturers Honda.

Although LeaseFetcher have done a fantastic job of recreating the MP4/4 Livery on a modern day Honda NSX, I would have to say that this livery does look better on the Mclaren Senna.

Score: 7/10

Michael Schumacher’s Benetton B194 Livery (1994) on Ford GT (2020)

Michael Schumacher's Benetton B194 Livery (1994) on Ford GT (2020)

Michael Schumacher is undoubtedly one of the most recognised drivers in motorsport and was certainly a ‘Fan Favourite’ during his spell with Ferrari. However, you may not know that Schumacher’s first world drivers championship victory was earned at the wheel of the Benetton B194.

Admittedly, this livery doesn’t strike me as being as naturally beautiful as the Ferrari 312T, but there is something strangely appealing about the car’s uncommon combination of colours, especially on the new Ford GT. It also has to be said that the Benetton B194’s unusual livery has somewhat become a cult classic in the F1 sphere, so it certainly gets the seal of approval from me.

Score: 8/10

Mika Häkkinen’s Mclaren Mercedes MP4/14 Livery (1999) on Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe (2020)

Mika Häkkinen’s Mclaren Mercedes MP4/14 Livery (1999) on Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe (2020)

Commonly known as “The Flying Finn”, Mika Häkkinen was one of Michael Schumacher’s greatest rivals and is considered “The best opponent I’ve had in terms of quality” by the seven-time world champion himself. Although the MP4/14 was hampered by its reliability issues in the 1999 season, the Mclaren’s sleek and sophisticated dark livery was a sight to behold. This is made even more apparent when the livery is applied to the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe.

As someone who grew up watching Häkkinen and Schumacher duel every weekend, this livery brings back so many exciting memories and looks phenomenal on Mercedes flagship car.

Score: 8/10

Fernando Alonso’s Renault R25 Livery (2005) on Renault Megane Hatch R.S. Trophy-R (2020)

Fernando Alonso’s Renault R25 Livery (2005) on Renault Megane Hatch R.S. Trophy-R (2020)

As Fernando Alonso prepares himself for a return to Formula 1 in 2021 with a flat-out demo of his 2004 title-winning Renault R25 in Abu Dhabi, I was pleasantly surprised to see LeaseFetcher’s vision of the R25’s eye-catching livery on Renault’s flagship Megane Hatch R.S. Trophy-R.

Although Renault’s R25 was sporting an exciting livery, combining bold and vibrant colours, I feel like this is somewhat lost on the rather mundane Hatch R.S. Trophy-R by comparison. I love Renault and their Hatch R.S. Trophy-R, but as far as flagship cars go, I know I’d rather be sitting in a Ferrari 488 Pista (Or any other of these cars, for that matter).

Score: 6/10